Lieberman’s Iraq Tour of Duty

Joe, Joe, Joe:

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket Wednesday afternoon as he waited for Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Williams serves in the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., the first of the five “surge” brigades to arrive in Iraq, and he was chosen to join the Independent from Connecticut for lunch at a U.S. field base in Baghdad.

The night before, 30 other soldiers crowded around him with questions for the senator.

He wrote them all down. At the top of his note card was the question he got from nearly every one of his fellow soldiers:

“When are we going to get out of here?”

The rest was a laundry list. When would they have upgraded Humvees that could withstand the armor-penetrating weapons that U.S. officials claim are from Iran? When could they have body armor that was better in hot weather?

Williams missed six months of his girlfriend’s pregnancy when he was given six days’ notice to return to Iraq for his second tour. He also missed his baby boy’s birth. Three weeks ago, he went home and saw his first child.

“He looks just like me,” he said. “I didn’t want to come back. . . . We’re waiting to get blown up.”

Then Joe appears:

Then Lieberman walked in, wearing a pair of sunglasses newly purchased from an Iraqi market that the military had taken him to in southeast Baghdad. He’d been equipped with a helmet and flak vest when he toured the market, which he described as bustling.

Doesn’t it defeat the purpose of a photo-op that’s supposed to show how positive things are in a marketplace when you’re in body armor surrounded by bodyguards?

Museum of Hoaxes
has a post today about, a site where you can buy fake doctor notes for the all low price of $24.95.

I assumed that it would be illegal to actually provide people with fake doctor notes, but here’s a site that’s doing exactly that: The site claims that, for only $24.95, it will provide you with a fake excuse saying that you’ve been at a doctor or a dentist’s appointment, been to the emergency room, had jury duty, or been at a funeral. (I wonder who the note comes from in the case of a funeral? From the funeral director?) It looks like what you get for this money is a Word template formatted to look like an official note. For that amount of money, I think it would be a lot easier simply to create your own fake note in Word.

And don’t think that people haven’t tried using these notes. This lady from Newark tried using one to get out of traffic court.

NEWARK, N.J. – Nina Weems’ first mistake was speeding.

Her second mistake was blowing off traffic court.

Her biggest mistake was thinking the Internet could solve her first two problems.

Earlier this month Weems, who lives in Newark, began a campaign apparently designed to persuade Hanover Township Municipal Court she was too disabled to show up for court, or for that matter, get behind the wheel again anytime soon. Could the court drop the whole matter, she asked.

Weems sent the court a doctor’s note to support her case, a township official said. The problem was, the note was not written by the chiropractor whose name was on the letterhead. It was instead courtesy of, an Internet site advertising “absence notes for every occasion.”

Weems paid $24.95 for the note, court officials said, and joined the ranks of scofflaw techies using the information highway to augment the age-old practice of forging excuses.

Scanned Images From a 1962 Fallout Shelter Handbook

From Ward-o-matic:

I finally got around to scanning some more of that incredibly popular Fallout Shelter Handbook from 1962 I posted about several weeks ago. I figured that it probably wouldn’t hurt to scan more — it offered me the chance to really check out some of the photos. Interesting stuff going on. The nature of some of the following scans require a closer look; if you click on each image you will be taken to its prospective Flickr page. Once there, select “All sizes,” to view larger. (The same goes for the earlier post.)